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REACH Newsletter
Vol. 5

Pioneering Smart and Healthy Living:
Responsive Engagement of the Elderly promoting Activity and Customized Healthcare

The project abbreviation stands for Responsive Engagement of the Elderly Promoting Activity and Customized Healthcare. The proposal for this project was developed in 2015 and submitted under pillar 3 of H2020 in societal challenge 1 Personalized Healthcare (PHC). In the European consortium with 17 partners from higher education institutions and industry, the four EuroTech Universities along with the industry partners (including leading European health care technology, rehabilitation, and care and hospital firms) build the core of this project. The total grant amounts around 6 Million Euros.  

REACH Conference and Exhibition on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 successfully held at DTU
REACH Conference and Exhibition on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 was successfully held at DTU on May 14th-16th, 2019. The themes of the Conference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 involve approaches, technologies and services in support of active and healthy aging. We invited care professionals, developers, suppliers and scientists to share ideas and results from developing and implementing solutions for prevention, rehabilitation, empowerment of and care for older adults. EU project REACH and the Innovation Network, Danish Healthtech, invite exhibitors and delegates to the exhibition session May 15th where innovative activities, projects and solutions in health technology and medical devices for active and healthy ageing were demonstrated...
Conference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 – Day 1: AHA EIP A3 + C2 Groups Sessions
On Tuesday May 14th, experts from EIP AHA Action Group 3 presented their latest research results. The EIP AHA Action Group 3 consists of about 100 organizations, including care centers, industries and public health authorities. It aims to understand the underlying factors of frailty so as to improve prevention strategies and manage frailty syndrome and its consequences in a better way. The Group investigates various aspects related to frailty through the subgroups “Promoter and Nutrition”, “Cognitive Decline” and “Physical Activity”. REACH, through Prof. Andersen’s tremendous efforts, contributes actively to all the activities of the working group such as meetings, public consultations, parliamentary events, and strategy papers...
Conference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 – Day 2: REACH Exhibition and demonstration
On Wednesday May 15th, the REACH exhibition and demonstration event took place at Oticon Hall, DTU. This exhibition highlighted the solutions developed by the REACH consortium. The REACH exhibition was divided into two main parts: 1) home and community center environment, and 2) hospital and rehabilitation center environment...
Conference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019 – Day 3: REACH Symposium
On Thursday May 16th, the REACH Symposium was held at the venue. The detailed program, as well as selected photos, can be seen in this news...
AHA2019 Book of Abstracts and Exhibition Catalog are available for download
Conference on Active and Healthy Ageing 2019's Book of Abstracts and Exhibition Catalog are available online. The following documents for the event are available, you can click to download and share them with colleagues and friends:
  1. Final Programme and Book of Abstracts
  2. Exhibition Catalog
REACH significantly increases its visibility: rich content and Open Access to REACH outcomes on mediaTUM, CORDIS, and OpenAIRE
The REACH website library is updated! Now you can visit and download the following items under this category:
The REACH toolkit and personalization approach explained
The REACH toolkit and personalization approach guides practical tailoring of solutions that create value for end-users, care providers and payers alike. It does so through the combination, integration and adaptation/re-design of its elements towards the different contexts of different countries, different payment and reimbursement structures (e.g., insurance or tax-based), specific use case settings and processes, and most importantly, individual end-user needs and capabilities...
Sensing, data analytics, machine learning in REACH
Based on the development of an in-depth understanding of the four use case settings (medical goals, potential data sets to be obtained, level of acceptance of sensing and monitoring, etc.) in Reporting Period 1, in Reporting Period 2, first, we specified and detailed in a systematic manner the types of analytics and ML techniques to be used in each Touchpoint. Second, we started to implement, demonstrate and verify a supervised ML approach in Touchpoint 2 and an unsupervised ML approach in Touchpoint 3...
Testing activities and trials performed within REACH
A classification of the testing activities can also be performed to highlight a methodological aspect of the trial, i.e., the type test design. The description of the trial type includes, on the one hand, the level of evidence that has been reached by means of the study design and, on the other hand, a description of the trial content, whether the trial has a validation, exploration, or feasibility character to address the REACH system...
Development of an integrated, modular business model and creation of instances for each Touchpoint
In Reporting Period 2, facilitated jointly by the project management (WP9) and business strategy (WP8) teams, the consortium detailed the value proposition, business strategy, business models, stakeholder networks, IP and innovation management aspects, and a Cost-Benefit-Analysis. Based on this work, the consortium – as part of a systematic innovation management – was able to create a coordinated interplay between REACH's value proposition (and related business strategies/models), the Touchpoints and Engine concept (high-level system architecture), the REACH toolkit (practical, low-level implementation process for a series of “raw elements”), the carried out demonstration and testing (supplying quantitative and qualitative information backing our business system) and standardization activities...
REACH partner TUM won the Best Paper Award at ISARC 2019 for the paper on developing PI²Us in REACH

REACH partner Technical University of Munich (TUM) won the Best Paper Award at the 36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2019) in Banff, Canada with the paper entitled “Developing personalized intelligent interior units to promote activity and customized healthcare for aging society”. The paper focused on the development of a series of Personalized Intelligent Interior Units (PI²Us), which are a special type of smart furniture, that materialize the REACH concepts and functionality seamlessly into the different REACH use case settings. For more information, please visit:

REACH partner Alreh Medical won the Best Paper Award at APCCRC 2018 for the paper on developing personalized mobility devices in REACH

REACH partner Alreh Medical won the Best Paper Award for the paper on developing personalized mobility devices in REACH at 7th Asian Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference, 8-11 Nov. 2018, Hong Kong. For more information, please visit:

REACH disseminated as part of a keynote speech of the PI at Gerontech and Innovation Summit 2018 in Hong Kong
REACH is disseminated as part of a keynote speech of the PI (Prof. T. Bock)  at Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES), Nov. 22-25, 2018, Hong Kong. For more information, please visit:
REACH Data Analytics and Machine Learning Workshop successfully held in Munich
On the 13th and 14th of December 2018, the REACH Data Analytics and machine learning Workshop was held successfully in Munich (at Chinese-German Center for Technology & Innovation). Approximately 15 people from REACH partners in research, products, and use case settings participated in this insightful and fruitful two-day workshop. The workshop covered various topics on data analytics and machine learning in REACH, such as supervised & unsupervised learning, regularization, data platform, results of current use case experiments, and the strategy forward for data analytics towards the next review...
REACH presented at the Ambient Medicine Forum 2019
Dr. med. Friedemann Müller from Schön Klinik Bad Aibling demonstrated REACH at the Ambient Medicine Forum held on February 19th-20th 2019 in University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Germany. His topic is “From Technology-assisted Rehabilitation to an Overall Concept – Experience of the Schön Klinik Bad Aibling and the EU project REACH”. Prof. Thomas Bock from Technical University of Munich also attended this event...
REACH on the right track: study shows significant contribution of standardization to GDP growth and knowledge diffusion
A study commissioned by DIN found that standardization contributes significantly to annual economic growth, GDP, and the diffusion of knowledge. For more information, click the following link (in German): Link

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690425.
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